Prerequisite Weakness

It’s not often that weakness is regarded as a prerequisite for promotion. Business owners seek out competent employees. Coaches look for players with the most skill. We tend to be attracted to strong people. When in need, we look for qualified people.

And yet, I know someone who operates by a very different principle. I know someone who habitually calls upon individuals who are massively under-qualified.

Yes, it is God’s custom to call the under-qualified and ill-equipped to carry out His will. This was certainly the case with the calling of Moses (see Exodus 3). Moses did not think he had the credentials (3:11), the information (3:13), the influence (4:1) or the skills in oratory (4:10) necessary to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.

What Moses had to learn, however, and what we often have to learn, is that our current level of competence is not critical to the success of the mission. God essentially said to Moses (my paraphrase): ‘Moses, never mind who you are. Never mind what your shortcomings are. I am the Lord and I will be with you, and by My power I will ensure that this mission is a success.’

By every appearance, the Lord is not looking for strong, qualified, people as much as He is looking for willing people—people who will trust in His strength to carry the day.

The apostle Paul got this. Paul understood that God often prefers to display His power in human weakness. To the Corinthians Paul says, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me…I delight in weaknesses…For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10).

To the Philippians exclaimed, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

What about you?

Have you ever considered that God might be calling you to something that you are unqualified for? Might God be calling you to do something that you have absolutely no experience in?

Such a calling might seem strange if it weren’t for God’s accompanying strength. The principle we see repeatedly in the Scripture is that God does not call the equipped, but rather, He equips those whom He calls.

On Sunday, August 30, at St. Giles Kingsway and The Well, I delivered a message from Exodus 3 and 4. This passage will likely challenge your notion of success and the causes of success.

Be encouraged—your weakness is not a detriment. Your weakness uniquely positions you to be used by God. If that is something you desire, have a listen to the message below. As always, I would delight to hear what you think!

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